Top British eats and treats
Take a look at some of the most popular eats and treats the United Kingdom has to offer!
The US might run on coffee but it’s strong, hot tea which flows through the veins of every Brit. The UK embraced the beverage from the moment it began being commercially produced and is now responsible for drinking a whopping 165 million cups of the stuff every single day.
If you fancy something sweet to go with your tea Victoria sponge is a classic British accompaniment. It’s named after Queen Victoria, who was a huge fan of the cake, and is made by sandwiching two sponges together with whipped cream and jam.
Fish and Chips
For well over a hundred years fish and chips have been an iconic part of British food culture. Flaky fish in crispy batter, with a generous portion of salty chips on the side – what’s not to love? And as the years have passed chippies have added extras like mushy peas, curry sauce and pickled eggs to make the meal even more gourmet!
You can keep your fruit, and you can keep your granola and yogurt too. The UK has very strong ideas about how breakfast should go down, and raisins aren’t involved. A traditional English breakfast, featuring bacon, sausages, eggs, beans, mushrooms and fried bread (if you’re lucky) has been keeping the UK workforce going for decades. Okay, the grease laden dish might not be quite so popular in this health conscious age but it still features on the vast majority of pub and cafe menus.
Bread and Butter Pudding
The UK has a reputation for serving bland, stodgy food, but while this favourite dessert might be a bit on the heavy side it certainly isn’t bland. Originally designed as an affordable, easy to make treat, bread and butter pudding has taken on a life of its own and appears in thousands of restaurants in various incarnations. Traditionally though, buttered bread was simply layered up, sprinkled with currents, covered in a custard-like mix and baked in the oven. Scrum.
Pie and Mash
Pie and mash shops might not line London’s streets as they once did, but the dish is still synonymous with the city. In the Victorian era pie and mash was one of the main foods of the working-class, particularly in the East End of London. Since the heyday of its popularity the method and ingredients involved in the making of pie and mash have changed quite a bit, but the dish is still widely available.
Bubble and Squeak
Have you ever made a roast dinner and wondered what to do with the left over vegetables? Well, the problem was so common in the UK that they came up with a solution – bubble and squeak. Although the main ingredients in bubble and squeak are potato and cabbage many other vegetables can be added. The ingredients are mashed together and then fried in a pan or baked in the oven, once browned and crispy bubble and squeak can be eaten as an accompaniment to a main meal or as a meal in its own right.
Jelly and Ice Cream
This mushy pudding might not appeal to everyone but it’s a children’s party classic. And it’s not just good for keeping the kiddies occupied, beauty specialists have commented that jelly strengthens the nails whilst nutritionists continually harp on about its low fat, low calorie natural sweetness.